Stranger Ocean Predator Diver Watch

Stranger Ocean Predator Diver Watch

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Stranger Watches is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In Fort Lauderdale, our lives revolve around the night life, sand, and water. Fishing, swimming, and diving are not an occasional vacation activity, but rather they are a way of life for many of the residents of the area. Most of us don't live to work, but rather work to live in the tropical paradise of South Florida.

Route A1A through the city skirts the ocean front. The road is dotted with dive shops, restaurants, and T-shirt shops intermingled with new high-end apartments and condos. Dive boats visit the many wrecks right off shore on a daily basis, some with several dives, morning, afternoon, and the occasional night dive.

Stranger Ocean Predator Diver Watch Watch Releases

When we started Stranger Watch Company, our first line of timepieces were water-resistant and would hold up well for a short dip in a wave or a fall in the pool, but when diving off the Fort Lauderdale Beach or diving on many of the local wrecks dotting the South Florida Coastline, the watch ended up in the dive bag, stuffed inside the toe of a boat shoe. The Classic Stranger Watch was swapped out for a low-end dive watch with an inexpensive plastic band. After the dive, the watch would be rinsed with some fresh water and put back in the dive bag with the mask, flippers, and regulator.

Stranger Ocean Predator Diver Watch Watch Releases

As a diver for most of my adult life, a challenge was put to the design team. The objective was to design a new diver watch, which could be worn every day, have clean, classic lines, and still have the durability needed to stand up to the salt water, sand, and the occasional bang against the hull of the "Mercedes" sitting in just about 100 feet of clear South Florida water (a great dive).

Stranger Ocean Predator Diver Watch Watch Releases

The matte finish of the Stranger Predator Series watch works well against the hammered dial and will not attract the occasional barracuda swimming by looking for the reflective flash of many other diver watches available. There will be no worry about the water resistance as it is tested to 100 meters. The watch is tough and good-looking, with classic highlights.

Stranger Ocean Predator Diver Watch Watch Releases

The second challenge in the design of the Stranger Ocean Predator Series was to design a watch that could be worn out in the evening in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale night life. The Stranger Predator Series watch retains the truly unique and classic looks of a high-end timepiece at a reasonable price. It is at home diving on a wreck, at the ocean front bar, or out at one of the many clubs that make up the unique South Florida lifestyle. The automatic Stranger Ocean Predator watch is a timepiece that can live with the active water lifestyle we truly enjoy.

The Stranger Ocean Predator series includes 4 models:

Stranger Ocean Predator Diver Watch Watch Releases

The Bull Shark

Brushed 316L stainless steel case, black hammered dial, jagged edges, and the rotating bezel under the sapphire crystal underline the essence of an aggressive and solid timepiece.

Stranger Ocean Predator Diver Watch Watch Releases

The Barracuda

Brushed 44mm rose gold case with white hammered dial, rotating bezel under the sapphire, and thick indexes and hands filled with Super-LumiNova.

Stranger Ocean Predator Diver Watch Watch Releases

The Leopard Seal

Black hammered dial on this 44mm brushed rose gold case, with dual crown functions for easy bezel, time, and date settings.

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The Orca

Black brushed case with black hammered dial combine for an exquisite look.

Design

Uncovering the essence of each design element in every model of the Ocean Predator Collection.

Stranger Ocean Predator Diver Watch Watch Releases

The case: Distinctly highlighted by the brushed coating, this makes it a practical design element during the actual dives. A brushed case is not only a thing of beauty, but also very practical since divers refrain from wearing shiny objects or anything that would attract unnecessary attention.

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The hands: Thick hour, minute, and the sweeping second hands with heavy Super-LumiNova filling underline the beauty of these hands. The minute hand is particularly thicker as it serves the purpose of the starting point when setting the bezel prior to submerging.

The bezel: Strategically positioned under the sapphire crystal, our rotating bezel is an essential asset of the watch. For those who are new to diver watches, the bezel is used to track the time spent under water. Prior to submerging, the diver positions the bezel starting point (triangle at 12 o’clock) against the position of the minute hand in order to keep track of the elapsed time. Each scuba dive lasts between approximately 45 and 60 minutes, and we have highlighted the first 15 minutes of the bezel with extra markers to provide the ease of time tracking under water at 15-minute intervals. So why the positioning under the sapphire bezel? As avid divers ourselves, and based on feedback from other fellow divers, one of the most common frustrations with diver watches is the external bezel, which can be easily moved or inadvertently misaligned during the dive.

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The dial: The first thing that you will notice immediately about the Stranger Predator Collection models – the hammered dial. The textured design with unique hammered patterns create an astounding combination with the flawless and smooth lines of the case. Heavy round indexes filled with Super-LumiNova create a practical feature to be used in dark environments.

The crown: In this instance, it is the crowns. Each crown features a ribbed and thick pattern which makes it easier to handle and operate. We’ve added an extra crown that would handle the positioning of the bezel. The second crown serves the regular purpose of time and date settings.

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Specifications

Movement: NH35 Self-Winding Automatic Movement
Case: Brushed surgical steel 316L | 44mm
Dial: Hammered texture | applied indexes filled with Super-LumiNova | HR, MIN, SEC hands | Date window
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Bezel: Rotating Bezel under the Sapphire Crystal
Crown: 2 screw-in crowns at 2H and 4H
Water Resistance: 20 ATM | 200 Meters | 660 Feet
Caseback: Screw-in caseback with embossed markings
Strap: Heavy stitch Kevlar strap | water resistant

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The Ocean Predator Collection is now available for pre-order via KickStarter here with special pricing $329-$399 and rewards for a limited time only. Stranger Watch Company has a solid track record on KickStarter having successfully launched and fulfilled its flagship Thoroughbred Collection. More information can be found at strangertime.com.
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What do you think?
  • I want it! (11)
  • I love it! (7)
  • Thumbs up (2)
  • Classy (1)
  • Interesting (1)
  • Jeff Kolodny

    No Bronze??? That gold case should be Bronze.

  • TrevorXM

    Dang! A rose gold watch for $399!

    • Shinytoys

      I like the look…

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Wow , bit of a surprise when my guesstimate at the price on reading the comment was considerably lower than i had imagined.

  • DanW94

    A nice alternative if you’re looking for something different than the plethora of Seiko and Orient divers that dominate this price range. I like the Bull Shark model. The white dial variant looks to sacrifice a bit of legibility with the white dial, rounded indices and handset all blending together.

  • iamcalledryan

    I am not a fan of the logo, and the colour mix on the lume/dial/markers/bezel are a little too much of a clash for me. But for a double-crowner at this price point it’s pretty pretty goooood.

    • Bill W

      The logo reminds me of this:

      • iamcalledryan

        I don’t disagree but I am more concerned that ANYTHING would remind you of that!

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Thankfully it never reached our shores.

          • Berndt Norten

            It was part of CBS’s “Crime Time after Prime Time” series of shows during the early and mid 1990s. Other gems included “Sweating Bullets” with “Nick Slaughter.” Classic cheese.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            We talking classics ? there is only one………Cagney & Lacey

          • Bill W

            8pm: Jake and the Fatman
            9pm: The Equalizer
            10pm: Wiseguy

            Now that’s PrimeTime, baby!

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Edward Woodward was a legend.

          • egznyc

            At the time I thought he was soooo cool because he was an “old” guy who kicked some butt. It made the point that one didn’t necessarily need to fear the reaper.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            When i have a problem that i can’t fix , i call the A team.

          • Bill W

            The folks at Stranger were probably excited when they saw 50+ comments on their posting, and then they checked the thread and saw that half of them were about old TV shows!

          • Raymond Wilkie

            I can digress at times.

          • Bill W

            Yeah me too. I’m a world-class digressor.

          • Jack Daniels

            Genius shows. Watched them all.

          • Berndt Norten

            Then you remember the show about the judge / vigilante. I forget the name of the show but it starred some American guy, first name Ravi? GQ Judge, as my wife and I used to call the show. Was it “Scene of the Crime”?

          • Jack Daniels

            I know what you’re talking about. I will have to use my Google Fu…
            “Dark Justice.”
            Apparently Carrie-Anne Moss starred in it.

          • Berndt Norten

            yes! “Dark Justice.” A judge by day, a stealthy vigilante by night.

          • egznyc

            Thanks for the memories ;-). My favorite cheese vigilante movies were the multitude of “Death Wish” films starring Charles Bronson. Almost made me want to become an architect.

          • Bill W

            …or a watermelon farmer 🙂

          • Berndt Norten

            Well here is something to make you smile. I have an 18 year old clipping from a small town newspaper’s weekly TV guide. It is a plot summary of Death Wish 3? This is all it said: “Vigilante wastes punks with mail order firepower ” !!!!!

          • spiceballs

            I wouldn’t have used the word “cheese” – – ?

          • Berndt Norten

            I think the shows defy description. !!! You have to hand it to the producers of “Sweating Bullets.” The show was set in the Florida Keys. But any bozo surely noticed the mountains lurking in the background for a few seconds each show. In fact it was filmed in South Africa and Israel. Hence the mountains! Classic Canadian produced drivel masquerading as US-made cheese. Monterrey Jack to be precise! I wuz lovin’ it….

          • Weren’t some of them (like a lot of other shows) filmed in “Miami, British Columbia”?

          • Berndt Norten

            I think near the end of the show yes. But mostly Nick Slaughter traipsed around shirt undone in S Africa and Israel.

          • Bill W

            I looked that show up on Google Images and you’re right, in almost every picture that guy’s shirt is open. Good Lord!

          • Berndt Norten

            Yes of course. Either it’s BC or Toronto. I can tell Toronto in an instant. As in within a few minutes of watching the first episode of “Suits.”!!

      • Berndt Norten

        I believe both of these now washed up actors would graduate? to minor roles on CSI Miami? Oh to be an actor….

        • Bill W

          I know she was in an episode of MacGyver and also Baywatch.

  • Mitchell Fried

    Not a big fan of the Seiko NH35 movement (both of mine ran about 20 seconds a day slow, would have preferred fast if I had a choice). With a Miyota 9015 I would give it a shot.

  • mattron

    I like this more than I thought from the thumbnail on the homepage. The hammered dial is a nice differentiated that gives the watch a sporty, yet classy feel. The stretch goals look really interesting, especially the AR sapphire and engraved case back at $25k. Seriously considering this for an everyday watch. I’m a sucker for an internal bezel and this really hits the spot at this price point.

    • Yeah, there a few things I would have done differently. The hands on the white dialed reference should be black, not gold IMO. And the black dialed watches should have black background date wheels. But overall this is not so bad looking and the Kickstarter price is attractive.

      As usual, the hype/back-story is just stuff I ignore along with celebrity endorsements from major brands. I wonder if the stated water resistance applies when you operate the internal bezel crown underwater. Is it a screw down crown? There are reasons to prefer an internal bezel, but resetting the bezel for hang off (decompression stops) while wearing dive gloves might prove difficult.

      Oh yeah, they could have angled the top surface of the lugs so they would catch on things less and better fit under sleeves on those desk diving days. I could do without the red accents too. But good luck to them – this is so much better than 95% of the crud watches offered on Kickstarter.

  • Bill W

    Stranger Predator? My mommy told me to stay away from watches like this.

    • DanW94

      Beware if delivered to your door by a friendly but creepy guy driving a plain white van with no windows…

      • Bill W

        “But Mister, I thought you said you had Jolly Ranchers.”

        “Nope, just a watch called The Orca that your dad got off of Kickstarter.”

  • cg

    Priced right for no worry abuse and a handsome wstch I’d like to see in person. BTW in about 45 years of sport diving I have never seen or have happen to me a misalignment of the bezel ring of my dive watch and I have many strong current thrashing wreck dives accomplished in the days when you memorized your tables.

  • That hideous 4:30 date window.

    • I could live with it if they used black background date wheels on the black dial references.

  • Chaz

    I often sit around in my local Starbucks rubbing my chin trying to look cool and artsy fartsy while sipping on my latte for 2 hours thinking: I am so glad there are more and more “diver” watches saturating this world with cheap movements and long winded back stories funded by crowds that think the piece might last a year or two. After all…isn’t collecting watches all about how many you have rather than the value (to the owner) and significance of the few? I think of the guys I’ve met that brag, without irony, that they have 6 or 7 Invictas.

    • TrevorXM

      Yes, it certainly is a chin rubber, isn’t it?

      • Bill W

        This is also a chin rubber…

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Always wondered what type of person frequented those coffee shops.

    • Larry Holmack

      Yeah…and Invicta has dozens of cheap ( under $100 ) diver’s watches with NH35 movements in them. My beater, that I wear when I am painting is an Invicta Pro Diver with a NH35 automatic movement in it…and it keeps good time. But I am not paying anyone close to $400 for another beater!! And no…I didn’t buy it…a buddy of mine sent it to me…I wanted a beater and he had this one!!

    • I know a guy (the husband of one of my wife’s friends) who is proud of his Invictas also. But he points out that he prefers Invicta “Reserve” models. Only then was I truly impressed.

      • Bill W

        And you should be impressed. They’re aged for six months in Chinese Oak barrels.

        • And I hear when Invictas go in for service they are aged in a Miami or Chinese warehouse for many months.

  • SuperStrapper

    Lol Stranger Leopard Seal. That’s quite the handle.

    • Bill W

      I call Bull Shark on this entire operation.

    • Bill W

      Ooooooooooh, Stranger Barracuda!

      • SuperStrapper

        I would have gone with ‘Stranger Blobfish’.

      • Berndt Norten

        Heart?

  • Bill W

    I encourage everyone to read the other article on ABTW about this brand, and the comments. Pretty good stuff.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Cheers for the link…..

  • word-merchant

    Ugly date window. Rejected.

  • Jack Daniels

    It’s called “stranger” because the strap is too tight and makes your hand go numb.
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=the%20stranger

    • WImads

      loool! spot on 😛

  • WolverBilly

    I certainly want to trust the accurate recording of my bottom time to a kickstarter dive watch, made by guys that think barracuda are attracted to a shiny watch, but ignore the glass of your mask, your regulator, and every other shiny piece of kit you have on when diving. I got news for you: barracuda are a bit smarter than that, and I’ve done plenty of diving in the Keys with a bright, shiny Tudor Submariner and the big bastards left me alone. Just don’t drag around your spearfishing victims as they WILL go after that lot. See, you can make all the watches you want. But unlike every other type of wristwatch on the planet, the dive watch can actually be a very critical instrument for deeper dives, especially when your computer screws the pooch. They do this more than you might think. This is why you should get your diver from somebody who actually engineered the thing, knows what they’re doing and has decades of testing and experience under their belts. These guys should just stick to fashion watches.

  • Astronuts

    Cross hatch crowns are reserved for real super compressors.

  • Eugeny Buslaev

    ?????????? ??????. ??????? ? ?????????!!!

    • Bill W

      Good luck with those watch giveaways!

  • WImads

    meh

  • ZOE

    I think that this watch is beautiful and a great first diver for the developing brand. To start off with a first time diver and give it a style that reaches beyond the normal, traditional or copied types before it speaks alot about what the brand wants to achieve. Of course it could have been more, offered more, told a better story, but as the first creation of this brand, it’s miles beyond the rest of many offerings on Kickstarter. Support the good ones! Keep the watch game up.

  • Marc Levesque

    I understand the need for “sponsored” posts on this BLOG, but when the company’s Kickstarter says they’ve been “reviewed” by the best, then this is a lie. They wrote this blog post, they were NOT reviewed at all…..

  • Dénes Albert

    I am a great fan of the dual crown, internal bezel configuration on any dive watch. The crosshatch pattern reminiscent of the 1960s supercompressors is another nice touch. Otherwise, the whole package is a mediocre entry into the incredibly crowded field of micro-brand wannabe divers. But… that first picture with the couple in their dive suits and the last one against the sunset are simply brilliant. Many major brands spend millions on advertising yet rarely come up with such powerful imagery. You should also decide whether the watch is water resistant to 100m as stated in the body of the article or 200m as per the specifications at the end.

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  • Jason Dunn

    The texture on the dial of this watch has me wondering: Has anyone ever made a watch dial using reticulated silver?

  • Scott Poehlein

    The case profile is truly unique and enhances the design. The blue on blue selection is stunning.

  • colinini

    I’m glad that the kickstarter business model appears to be working. As a consumer I feel like I have more choices and I’m excited. These watches look great and are intelligently marketed. What are the main reasons for the boom in new Micro Brands? Is it the availability of more choice and increased production of mechanical movements?

    The Barracuda is my favorite!

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